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RIP Ray Perkins
2 years ago  ::  Dec 10, 2020 - 12:21AM #1
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Former Giants head coach Ray Perkins died Wednesday morning at the age of 79, and his legacy in New York is that he helped lay the groundwork to raise this franchise from the ashes to become Super Bowl champions twice in five years in the mid-80s and early-90s.

“Ray was George Young’s first hire as general manager in 1979,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement Wednesday. “I remember George saying, ‘He will make it very uncomfortable for our players to lose.’ Ray did a good job for us and got us into the playoffs in 1981 for the first time in many years.”

Perkins had been dealing with heart issues for the past couple of years, according to AL.com.

Perkins, like current Giants Joe Judge, was hired at age 38 for his first NFL head coaching job running the Giants. His record from 1979-82 was only 23-34 before he left to succeed legend Paul “Bear” Bryant at his alma mater, the University of Alabama.

In 1981, Perkins led the franchise to the postseason for the first time since 1963 and actually won a playoff game.

And the foundation laid by Perkins and Young paved the way for the Giants’ first two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990 under Bill Parcells. Perkins had hired Parcells (1981), Bill Belichick (1979) and Romeo Crennel (1981) onto his Giants staff during his time in New York.

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